Summer Lesson Information

We encourage students to continue their lessons over the summer to keep building on their hard work from the year!

Please see below for the link to the summer lesson details.

Summer Lesson Link:  Bard Prep Summer Lesson Information

Please Note the Summer Lesson Policies:

  • Lessons will take Place at Bard
  • Interested Students should contact the teachers directly to schedule lessons
  • Payment is made directly to teachers
  • 24 cancellation notice requested

Please check back with the link regularly for updated information!


Bake Sale Update – We Did It, Thank You!

Thanks to a lot of hard work from our families, the Bard Prep Bake Sale surpassed our goal of $6,000 for the semester, smashing the previous record!

Thank you to everyone that participated this semester.  All proceeds go to the Bard Prep Scholarship Fund!

Goal:  $6,000             FINAL TALLY:  $6,165!!

Week 13:  $515!

Week 12:  $556

May 7:  $556!

April 30:  $511

April 23:  $514

April 16:  $536

April 9:  $505

April 2:  $401

March 12:  $417

March 5:  $499

February 27:  $428

February 20:  $430

February 6:  $433

January 30:  $420

Upcoming Faculty Performances – Shawn, Amy P, Luba

SHAWN JAEGER – Prep Composition Faculty

Wilderness of Woe: The Music of Shawn Jaeger
a portrait concert of my music, including the premiere of a new work-in-progress for chamber orchestra, as well as a new piece for solo baritone saxophone

Thursday, May 26, 2016
• Roulette, 503 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11217

AMY PALOMO – Prep Voice Faculty

  • May 20-29:  Amy will sing the role of Gilda in Rigoletto with Amore Opera Company at the Sheen Center in The Village (NYC). Fully staged/costumed with orchestra under the baton of Doug Marin. Tickets and schedule information can be found at:

LUBA POLIAK – Prep Piano Faculty

  • May 22 at 6:30 pm:  solo faculty recital at Lawrence Memorial Chapel – Lawrence University (Wisconsin)

Bard Prep Informational Links – Prep Faculty Video links, Practice Buddies, Babysitters and Tutors, Classics on Hudson, Catskill Jazz Factory, Music for Food

BARD PREP FACULTY IN ACTION!  Here are some great links to performances, lessons, and cd’s from our teachers so you can see and hear them in action.


TUTOR/BABYSITTER LIST – Please Submit Names and Suggestions if you have them! –   







Last Week of the Semester!

This Saturday, May 14th is the last day of classes and lessons for this semester at Bard Prep.  Thanks to everyone for a great semester and year.  We look forward to seeing everyone again soon!

Upcoming Bard Prep Events:

May 14:  Bard Prep Fall Semester Registration Deadline for Returning Students

June 1:  Bard Music Camp Registration Deadline

July 11-23:  Bard Music Camp

September 6 and 10:  First Days of the Fall Semester



Musicianship Class Composition Recitals – This Saturday, May 14

The Musicianship Class Composition Recitals are this Saturday, May 14th.  Recitals will take place during regular class times.  Please see below for the schedule and let us know if you have any questions.

The Composition recitals will take place in Blum Hall (2nd floor of the music building). Students should go to their Musicianship Classes at the regular time and the teachers will bring them to Blum Hall at the recital time.  Families and friends are welcome to attend and should come directly to Blum Hall at the scheduled time.  Recitals will be approximately 30 minutes each.

10:30 Recital:  Performers will be: 

  • Shawn Jaeger’s Composition Students (Anthony, Aleksandra, Ethan)
  • Shawn Jaeger’s 10:00 Musicianship Class


11:30 Recital:  Performers will be:

  • Shawn Jaeger’s 11:00 Musicianship Class
  • Ryan Kamm’s 11:00 Musicianship Class


12:30 Recital:  Performers will be:

  • David Temple’s 12:30 Musicianship Class


2:30 Recital:  Performers will be: 

  • David Temple’s 2:00 Musicianship Class
  • Shawn Jaeger’s 2:15 Musicianship Class

2016-2017 Registration Deadline This Saturday – Last Chance to Reserve Your Spot for Next Year

Please register by May 14th with deposit ($100 non-refundable per instrument or voice) to reserve the spot with your teacher.  General registration will open on May 15th so lesson times will go fast!  Stop by the office or send us an email to register.

Below is the Calendar for the 2016-2017 year:

FALL  2016


Sep 10 through January 14 (off Oct 8, Nov 26, Dec 24 and 31)

Snow date:  Jan 21

Sep 6 through January 10 (off Oct 11, Nov 22, Dec 20 and 27)
Snow date #1:  Dec 20
Snow date #2:  Jan 17

SPRING  2017


Jan 28 through May 20 (off March 18, April 15)

Snow date:  June 3, 10

Jan 24 through May 16 (off March 21, April 11)
Snow date #1:  May 23
Snow date #2:  June 6

Congratulations to our Graduating Seniors Ethan and Cassandra!

We have two Bard Prep students graduating and leaving us this year.  Ethan Richman has been a student in the Prep division since 2008 and Cassandra Whitehead joined in 2015.  Luckily, both are attending Bard next year!  We wish them the best in their future studies and lives.

From Ethan:

I will be graduating this May and plan to enroll right here at Bard College.   I am aiming to double-major in physics and mathematics.  The courses I’ve previously taken at Bard over the past few years should ensure that I graduate in a normal 4-year timespan!  Of course, when time permits, I’ll continue to hammer away at the ivory keys down in the basement of Blum and hope to see you all on future Saturdays!


From Cassandra:

After months of attending auditions I finally received all of my acceptance letters. I was accepted to many amazing programs, including the program here at Bard. Being a part of the preparatory division this year definitely made Bard come out on top. I decided to attend Bard next year. I will major in Music and study theatre as well. Thank you to all of those involved in the program here; especially Ryan, Susanne, Shawn Jaegar, and Amy Palomo. I feel fully prepared to step into the college setting and train for a career in music. Thank you all.